Retroactive: Detective Comics 2001 & Daredevil 1976

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My Favourite Covers

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Okay, so our journey through the past is complete for this week but which covers reign supreme? For Detective Comics, the crown goes to: Detective Comics #752. Yet another difficult week to narrow it down to just one cover but I managed to eventually decide on this one. If I had to sum up this cover in one word that word would be ominous. The shadowy background has become overrun with foliage, foliage that succeeds in framing iconic Bat-villainess Poison Ivy. But this is not the Poison Ivy we’ve come to expect as for some odd reason she is wearing a gas mask, a mask which makes the usually seductive villainess appear completely and totally creepy. What takes it over the top from creepy to actually unnerving is the fact that she is surrounded by a group of young children, also clad in gas masks, masks with piercing red eyepieces that gives them an almost inhuman and terrifying look. The reason for these masks and why Poison Ivy has gathered these children around her draws the reader in but the image resonates with us long past the issue has been read. For Daredevil, the title goes to: Daredevil #130. A pitch black background forecasts potentially tragic events that are about to transpire in this issue while also causing the scene unfolding before our very eyes to pop off the page, a scene we can hardly believe. Looming on the cover is a giant skeleton, mouth open as it cackles in glee, holding what appears to be a voodoo doll of our hero in one hand while pulling the noose he has around the doll’s neck with the other. In the foreground we see that this doll is having the desired effect as Daredevil appears to be choking to death. The caption below is the cherry on top of what is already a pretty awesome and epic image: “And from the darkness–Death!” Who is this villain that has it in for our hero? Is this actually going to transpire or is the cover more symbolic in nature? Regardless of the answers, the cover succeeds in capturing our imagination and providing us a stunning visual as well. dc752DD130

So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!

6 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 2001 & Daredevil 1976

  1. Great edition of Retroactive, love the cover to Detective #752 as well, great how it depicts Poison Ivy. Its also a very creepy version of the character as she is wearing a gas mask. Well, I have to go for Daredevil #133 its a really fun cover, its very exciting, and it’s got Uri Geller on it as well. I wonder if he bent any spoons in it?

    • I have to admit I had no clue who Uri Geller was but a quick trip to Google and all I have to say is: “what an odd and interesting choice.” Mind-Wave VS Daredevil with a special guest star who can bend spoons with his mind? Simply marvelous! 🙂

      Also, thanks for sharing your choices!

  2. Most of the Detective Comics covers published in 2001 don’t show the leading character. In most of them a supporting character is in the foreground and Batman isn’t even shown, or is just a little spot in the background. As you know, I love this artistic choice, so my eyes shone when I saw these covers.
    My favorite one is Detective Comics # 754. When you bump into a superhero comic book, you expect to see a fight scene between the leading character and a villain on the cover: well, Detective Comics # 754 totally disregards this unwritten law, because it doesn’t show either the leading character or the villain. The cover artist made something totally unexpected, that is to say portraying the less known characters of the Bat – world: Gotham’s cops.
    There are a lot of other reasons why this cover won me over: the amazing coloring, the detailed background, the noir movie atmosphere… yes, this cover definitely deserves the gold medal.
    As for Matt, the gold medal goes to Daredevil # 131. Not only it shows a clash between Matt and the awesome character named Bullseye, but also foreshadows some slice – of – life scenes concerning Daredevil’s private life, because the tagline announces “A startling new job for Matt Murdock!”
    Also, the man who wrote Daredevil in that period must be obsessed with darts, because even in the cover I selected for 1975 the villain attacked Daredevil with them. I enjoy the comic book much more if the villain uses more spectacular weapons (guns, submachine guns, bombs and so on)… but if the villain is an awesome character like Bullseye, I would buy the issue even if he attacked Daredevil with a custard pie. : )

    • “The cover artist made something totally unexpected, that is to say portraying the less known characters of the Bat – world: Gotham’s cops.”
      A really solid choice. I had a feeling you’d go for this one due to your affinity of the Gotham Central series. Speaking of that series, my LCS just recently had a sale and what did my eyes get drawn to? Why it was the complete TPB series of Gotham Central. I scooped up all four volumes due to your high praise. I can’t wait to tear into them…once I catch up on my weekly issues that is.

      “There are a lot of other reasons why this cover won me over: the amazing coloring, the detailed background, the noir movie atmosphere… yes, this cover definitely deserves the gold medal.”
      I’d award my runner-up prizes to #753 (that iconic Two-Face shadow consuming our hero) and #760 (I love the use of colouring for this Mad Hatter cover).

      “As for Matt, the gold medal goes to Daredevil # 131.”
      And this was my runner-up. The first appearance of legendary villain Bullseye is fantastic and dare I say it…hits the mark. 🙂

      “But if the villain is an awesome character like Bullseye, I would buy the issue even if he attacked Daredevil with a custard pie.”
      Ha ha! Nice line there wwayne.

      Thanks, as always, for providing your selections!

      • “I scooped up all four volumes due to your high praise.” You really couldn’t have made a better purchase. And I’m honored that you decided to make it because of my good word. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do.
        “Thanks, as always, for providing your selections!” Thank you as well for your compliments and for your replies! : )

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